About this time I was about 8 years old…When I was about 10 years old a man from Lexington by the name of Allen offered $800 for me. My master told him he would not sell me and he also stated that I was just growing into money, that I would soon be worth $1,000.
Excerpts from A Slave’s Adventures Toward Freedom.
Peter Bruner, an enslaved African American from Winchester, Kentucky, tried many times to escape his master. Eventually he was successful and was able to make his way to Camp Nelson in Jessamine County where he joined the 12th US Heavy Artillery. After the Civil War he came back to Winchester to see his mother and then left for Ohio. He found work as a janitor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he learned to read and write. He then wrote his autobiography A Slave’s Adventures Toward Freedom.